Chess

In mate

30 March 2013 9:00 am

In the history of suppression of press freedom in the UK, now once again a fierce topic of debate, an…

Candidates

23 March 2013 9:00 am

The Candidates tournament to decide the challenger to world champion Anand is the strongest tournament ever to have graced the…

Ponziani scheme

16 March 2013 9:00 am

The world championship qualifier, known as the Candidates’ tournament, should now be underway in London. (For details see the website…

Witschcraft

9 March 2013 9:00 am

There are two new books about Aron Nimzowitsch, chess strategist and author of My System. Aron Nimzowitsch on the Road…

Sacrificial rite

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Rudolph Spielmann, a contemporary of Rubinstein, Reti, Alekhine and Capablanca, can be seen as the Romantic equivalent to a further…

Duchamp/Cage

23 February 2013 9:00 am

The Bride and the Bachelors is an impressive exhibition of the work of Marcel Duchamp, John Cage and related artists…

Francophilia

16 February 2013 9:00 am

Any book by the erudite Steve Giddins is an event and he has now produced a valuable guide to the…

Rock solid

9 February 2013 9:00 am

The Gibraltar Masters, where I was last week, has been won by a quartet consisting of Vitiugov, Short, Sandipan and…

Opposite bishops

2 February 2013 9:00 am

No, not the Church of England and its troubles with the question of whether women should be allowed to be…

Anand’s Immortal

26 January 2013 9:00 am

There is a scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where Sir Lancelot’s servant, Patsy, is shot in the…

Gran Fiesta

19 January 2013 9:00 am

Just before the London Classic, Magnus Carlsen and Judith Polgar contested a four-game match under speed and blindfold conditions as…

London Classic

12 January 2013 9:00 am

The fourth London Classic at Olympia, organised by the indefatigable Malcolm Pein, was the strongest of the series including, as…

Special Ks

5 January 2013 9:00 am

London has seen three World Championship matches in the post-war period, Kasparov-Karpov 1986, Kasparov-Short 1993 and Kasparov-Kramnik 2000. The game…

London calling

29 December 2012 9:00 am

In my series of homages to great masters in London, this week an outstanding win by Anatoly Karpov, who took…

London greats

15 December 2012 9:00 am

This Christmas and New Year I am publishing a series of tributes to players in great London games. This week,…

Chess ('London Pride')

London pride

8 December 2012 9:00 am

This week I continue my homage, during the London Classic which finishes this coming week, to great players who have…

London Classic

1 December 2012 9:00 am

To celebrate the London Classic, which starts at Olympia this Saturday, I shall be paying a series of homages to…

Armenian gold

24 November 2012 9:00 am

Armenia won the gold medals in the Istanbul Chess Olympiad for the third time in four years — an astonishing…

Witschcraft

17 November 2012 9:00 am

Last week, in the context of the discovery of the chessboard of Sir John Tenniel, the Times related a famous,…

Cut of their jib

10 November 2012 9:00 am

Entries are now being invited to what I believe to be the world’s finest open tournament held at the Caleta…

Basman forever

3 November 2012 9:00 am

Michael Basman is in many ways the most important person in British chess. As a player, he is an International…

According to Akiba

27 October 2012 9:00 am

In contemporary high-class tournament play both adjournments and early draws have been banned. This is partly due to the accessibility…

Magnificat

20 October 2012 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen has won the elite tournament split between Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bilbao, Spain ahead of a squad of…

Grand finale

13 October 2012 9:00 am

The London Grand Prix at Simpson’s in the Strand finished in a triple tie between the three grandmasters Topalov, Gelfand…

Grand prix 2

6 October 2012 9:00 am

Boris Gelfand, the challenger for this year’s World Championship in Moscow, continues, as I write, to lead the Agon/Fidé Grand…